Copiague Man Arrested For Stabbing
Suffolk County Police today arrested a Copiague man for a stabbing that occurred at a laundromat in Copiague early this morning. A customer and an employee of Nancy’s Super Laundromat were involved in an altercation at the business, located at 1925 Great Neck Road, at approximately 1:30 a.m. The customer, Jose Ventura, left and came back at approximately 2:45 a.m. and stabbed the employee. The victim was transported by Copiague Fire Department to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow for treatment of serious injuries. Ventura fled and was located a short time later by First Precinct officers. First Squad detectives charged Ventura, 31, of 1050 Marconi Blvd., with Assault 1st Degree. He will be held overnight at the First Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on April 22.
Copiague Students Recognized for Safe Driving Skills
From left: Peter Cesare, Copiague School District’s director of physical education, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students Juan Miguel Gubisch and Rachel Korba, and driver’s education instructor Karen Perrone. AAA recognized the two students as outstanding driver’s education students.
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students Rachel Korba and Juan Miguel Gubisch have been awarded AAA’s Driver Education Award as outstanding students in their school’s driver education course. They were selected on the basis of demonstrated driving skills, knowledge of the rules of the road, and a mature attitude and approach to driving.
The purpose of the award is to not only recognize outstanding high school driver education students, but to also encourage all young drivers to develop the skills and attitudes that will contribute to their being safe drivers.
Change Collection Springs into Action
The Copiague Middle School’s Builders Club recently held a Pennies for Patients fundraiser. Via penny banks in each homeroom class, the club collected $1,425 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Builders Club raffled off different spring-themed baskets for those who donated.
Environmental Game is a Perfect Match
In recognition of Earth Day, third-grade student council members at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School in the Copiague School District participated in an environmentally friendly game about saving the ocean. After reading “Pesky Plastic: An Environmental Story,” the students played a matching game they created on the computer. The students matched plastic items with a recycling bin. They then matched animals with the fish that they are supposed to eat instead of plastic in the oceans, which can be harmful.
Students in Melody Cesare’s math classes at Copiague Middle School participated in a celebration of the mathematical constant Pi. Pictured from left: Melody Cesare, Sebastian Ortiz, Sean Moore and Alex Saravia-Ortez.
In observance of Pi Day, students in Melody Cesare’s math classes at Copiague Middle School participated in a celebration of the mathematical constant.
The middle schoolers began the class period by measuring round items and dividing that measurement by its diameter before competing in the annual recitation of Pi by memory challenge. Breaking the school record of 164 digits set in 2013, student Sean Moore recited 165 digits by memory, earning him a second-place finish. Setting the new school record with 171 digits, Sebastian Ortiz came in first place. The top three finishers received gift certificates donated by Pizza Express in Copiague.
Celebrating Community in Copiague
New York State Sen. John E. Brooks, Copiague Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon and Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory.
On March 18, the Copiague School District hosted its annual Community Summit. The goal of the summit is to provide members of the community and elected officials an inside look into what is occurring within the district. This year’s theme, STEM In Our Schools, focused on the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
“The summit gives us an opportunity to share some of the things the board has been doing, discuss some of the issues we face in the upcoming budget and to celebrate the success that we have had,” said Board of Education President Brian J. Sales.
During her State of the District, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon highlighted the many accomplishments of the students and staff, provided an update on the district’s capital projects and discussed the district’s finances. “Over the last several years, we have stayed under the New York State tax cap and our tax increases have averaged less than 2.4 percent per year. We continue to contain our costs and we have been conservatively budgeting so that we can maintain the programs and services we currently have. If we were to receive an increase in state aid, we would add to and expand our offerings, which would positively benefit our students,” said noted.
The summit also featured student musical performances, spotlights on elementary, middle and high school STEM programs and clubs and an introduction of the Class of 2017 top 10 students.
Lucky First-graders get Leprechaun Visit
First-graders in Katianne Howe’s class at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School in the Copiague School District celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with different classroom activities and even a visit from a leprechaun.
First-graders in Katianne Howe’s class at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School in the Copiague School District celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with hands-on art, math, reading and science activities.
The first-graders designed and created their own leprechaun traps. They displayed them the night before St. Patrick’s Day, and when they came into school, they discovered small footprints and gold glitter around their traps. They received two letters from two leprechauns who visited the classroom and left gifts and gold for the students.
Students read two St. Patrick’s Day poems and were visited by a mystery reader who read a St. Patrick’s Day story. They also made their own green slime.
At the conclusion of the celebration, the students each received a bag of Lucky Charms cereal from a leprechaun and graphed the marshmallows in their cereal.
First-graders in Katianne Howe’s class at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School in the Copiague School District celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with different classroom activities and even a visit from a leprechaun.
A ‘Sea’ of Talent in Copiague
Photo Caption: Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School presented its version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” from March 16-18.
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School presented its version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” from March 16-18. Performances took place in the high school auditorium.
Leading the cast were Jade Dickenson (Ariel); Kishaar Hodge (Sebastian); Lesly DeCastro (Prince Eric); Crystal Betz (Ursula); Amy Rodriguez (Flounder); Nick Favichia (Scuttle); Kyree Scott (Grimsby); and Alec Soltau (King Triton).
The musical was produced and directed by Copiague School District teachers Michelle Budion and Gina Occhiogrosso with the support of the district’s Fine Arts Coordinator Jennifer Pierre-Louis.
Third-grade Weather Watchers Report Their Forecast
In conjunction with their lesson on weather, students in Kate Castellano and Megan Moore’s third-grade class at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School in the Copiague School District took out their sunglasses, scarves, hats and umbrellas as they presented weather reports to their classmates on March 10. Each student acted as a weather forecaster, giving their five-day report on temperatures, what to wear, and how to prepare for the upcoming weather. Students also provided comment cards to their peers about what they liked most about their weather presentation.
Spring for Kindness
During its March meeting, the Student Council at Copiague Middle School created St. Patrick’s Day-themed cards, which will be donated to local hospital patients. Additionally, encouraged to spring into kindness, the students wrote cards of appreciation to their teachers.
Fundraising Gets Sticky for Principal
Susan E. Wiley Principal Cynthia Florio was duct taped to the wall on Feb. 14 in a fundraising effort for the fifth-grade booster club.
Students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School in the Copiague School District showed their love for the fifth-grade booster club by duct taping their principal to the wall on Feb. 14.
In a fundraising effort for the club, pieces of duct tape were sold for $1 to be used to tape Susan E. Wiley Principal Cynthia Florio to the wall. The club raised $150.
Teamwork is Tops at Susan E. Wiley
Representatives from the New York Islanders visited Susan E. Wiley Elementary School in the Copiague School District on Feb. 28 to speak to students about the importance of teamwork.
Students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School in the Copiague School District learned all about the importance of teamwork thanks to a visit from representatives of the New York Islanders hockey team on Feb. 28.
Representatives from the Islanders, along with their mascot Sparky the Dragon, spoke to students about the importance of teamwork and how working together, as either a class or a school, can accomplish more than doing it alone. To illustrate the concept, one student and one teacher had a race to dress in goalie equipment. The student had the assistance of his classmates, while the teacher tried to accomplish the task solo.
Students received folders and pencils from the New York Islanders and were also encouraged to register online for their “Blades for Grades” program, where earning good grades can score them two tickets to an Islanders game.
Celebrating 100 Days of Learning
Dressed as if they were 100 years old, students at Deauville Gardens East and Great Neck Road elementary schools in the Copiague School District celebrated 100 days of school on Feb. 17. Donning their gray hair, glasses and canes, students spent the day engaged in different activities related to the number 100 such as creating posters filled with 100 different items.
DECA Members Head to States
DECA members from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School competed in the regional event back in office. Twelve students will move on to compete in the states from March 7-10 in Rochester, New York.
The DECA team from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School competed in DECA Regional Competition on Jan. 4 at Suffolk County Community College in Selden. The winners from that event will now compete at the state level from March 7-10 at the Rochester Convention Center against 2,500 students from across New York.
The district congratulates the DECA members who will be competing at the states in the following categories:
Tamia Brewer: Fashion
Jade Dickenson: Job Interview
Nick Hernandez: Job Interview
Ashley Hudson: Decision Making Marketing
Hanan Ismail: Wholesale Selling
Amira Kemp: Visual Advertising
Jenna Langdon: Decision Making Marketing
Mahogany Mason: Sales Demo
Amorelle Pennick: Public Speaking
Kyree Scott: Sales Demo
Lyndsey Wilson: Decision Making Marketing
Sophie Wilson: Wholesale Selling
Second-graders head to the polls
Second-graders in Diana Daniels’ class at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School in the Copiague School District took part in their own presidential election on Nov. 7 as they elected a president for their class. Prior to the election, the class spoke about the election process and read several books on the subject. Six students vying for the role of president presented speeches to the class. Each student then had the opportunity to cast their ballot in the voting booth for their candidate of choice.
Students at Copiague Middle School in the Copiague School District wrote notes thanking veterans and current members of the armed forces. Each homeroom was given blank slips of colored paper to produce the note. PTA member and parent Alison Bright compiled the colorful notes and put together a bulletin board display in the school.
FIRE IN THE EAST VENICE
Student Council Helps Combat Childhood Cancer
In recognition of childhood cancer awareness month, Copiague Middle School’s Student Council held a fundraiser in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. To raise awareness to both staff and students, members of the student council sold wrist bands over a two-week period. Their efforts raised $243 for the foundation.
Susan E. Wiley Joins the Fight Against Breast Cancer
The staff and faculty at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School in the Copiague School District are taking part in breast cancer awareness month by making donations of $5 every Friday in October when they wear pink.
October is breast cancer awareness month and Susan E. Wiley Elementary School in the Copiague School District has joined together in the fight throughout the month.
Kicking off their fundraising effort on Oct. 5, families were asked to make a donation to “turn the ribbon pink,” writing their names on small pink ribbons to fill in a larger pink ribbon that hangs in the main hallway. That event raised close to $300 alone.
To further the effort, staff and faculty at Susan E. Wiley are donating $5 to wear pink to school every Friday during the month, which will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The school’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” effort will also include a walk at Jones Beach on Oct. 16.
Man Arrested After Copiague Carjacking
A 24-year-old man was arrested following an armed carjacking in Copiague Wednesday night, police said.
According to police, a 20-year-old Copiague man was sitting in a 2007 Toyota in front of 376 Ferraris St. at 9:45 p.m. when he was approached by a man who displayed a gun and demanded that the victim get out of his vehicle.
The victim fled on foot and the alleged carjacker, Marquese King, drove away in the Toyota, police said.
Marquese King (right) being taken into custody Wednesday night.
First Precinct Officers along with the Canine Section and Aviation Section responded and located King on Cabota Avenue in Copiague at about 10:25 p.m. and arrested him.
Kindness matters at Deauville Gardens East
Deauville Gardens East Elementary School in the Copiague School District held a kindness assembly on Sept. 28.
Deauville Gardens East Elementary School in the Copiague School District dressed head-to-toe in blue, representing unity, on Sept. 28 to celebrate this month’s character education trait: kindness.
All grades gathered in the cafeteria for an assembly on kindness, presented this month by Jennifer Kelly’s fourth-grade class. Carrying their painted emoji plates, the students spoke about what kindness means to them and the proper way to treat others.
Each month, Deauville Gardens East guidance counselor Lysa Mullady works with students throughout the school on a different character trait. Students receive “character counts” cards when they are caught showing an act of kindness. Mullady, who added the assembly portion this year, also includes songs and poems in the program, incorporated by the art and music teachers, so students can connect to the character education traits on many different levels.
Brionna Silva, senior captain of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School girls varsity volleyball team, recorded her 1,000th career assist during a match against Smithtown West on Sept. 15. The Copiague School District congratulates Brionna on her achievement!
Alumni inducted into Hall of Achievement
In continuing its mission to inspire students, the Copiague School District inducted three former graduates into its Hall of Achievement at a ceremony following homecoming celebrations on Sept. 24.
The three new inductees were selected for their accomplishments and contributions to the community following their respective graduations through a nominating process. Those inducted include Class of 1984 alumnus Jim Konen; Class of 1998 alumna Dr. Leslie Marino and Class of 1977 alumnus Craig Stadelman.
Konen, who holds a master’s degree from Stony Brook University, is employed as a full-time physical education teacher at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. He previously taught at Copiague Middle School and coaches varsity soccer, varsity wrestling and JV lacrosse. He holds Coach of the Year honors for both lacrosse and soccer and has been voted Suffolk County Lacrosse Coaches Association’s Man of the Year.
Dr. Marino holds a psychology degree from Boston College, a post-baccalaureate in premed from Columbia University and a medical degree from SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. While working toward her degrees, she took time to participate in a HIV/AIDS awareness program in Tanzania; spent a year working for Dr. Mehmet Oz running a pilot program to bring health education into city schools and studied epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. During her residency, she received numerous awards, including the Perry Research Award, the Barbara Liskin Award and was selected by her peers as a chief resident. She is currently a research fellow in the Division on Substance Abuse and works on initiatives with the state and city Department of Health to increase access to treatment for addition.
Stadelman works at the New York Blood Center as a donor specialist and was previously employed as a phlebotomist at Brunswick Hospital Center. When not at work, he is serving as the fire coordinator for the Town of Babylon.
Eagle Pride Soars
School pride was in the air on Sept. 24 as Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School celebrated homecoming with festivities, including a parade, fair, football game and Hall of Achievement induction ceremony.
The day’s events kicked off with a spirited parade that started at Great Neck Elementary School and ended at the high school. The freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes marched along the route with their “Around the World”-themed floats, while the marching band provided the soundtrack. Also taking part in the parade were numerous groups and organizations from the high school, middle school and elementary schools.
Following the parade, a ceremony was held on the football field where cheerleaders and the step team performed after the homecoming queen and king, Diana Lopez and Rigaud Destime were introduced. Speaking during the ceremony were school administrators and local government officials.
The afternoon continued as the varsity football team took on Centereach High School. Despite their best efforts, the Eagles were unable to defeat the Cougars.
During the halftime show, the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School marching band, cheerleaders and step team treated the crowd to rousing performances.
The festivities concluded with the district’s annual Hall of Achievement induction ceremony at the high school. This year’s inductees included Class of 1984 alumnus Jim Konen, Class of 1998 alumna Dr. Leslie Marino and Class of 1977 alumnus Craig Stadelman.
Wiley Holds Plenty of Peaceful Activities
Students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School in the Copiague School District celebrated International Day of Peace by engaging in different lessons, such as decorating pinwheels, coloring doves and writing what peace means to them.
Students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School in the Copiague School District celebrated International Day of Peace on Sept. 21 with a variety of hands-on learning activities.
Dressed in their peace sign clothing, students throughout the school participated by engaging in different lessons. Kindergarten and first-grade students colored doves and wrote messages of peace. Some second-, third-, and fourth-grade classes wrote essays on what peace means to them, watched movies on peace, read books and colored the letters to spell the word peace.
Fifth-grade classes crafted and colored their own pinwheels for peace. The classes joined together to spell the word peace in pinwheels on their playground fence.
Copiague Middle School Pays Tribute to 9/11 Victims
Copiague Middle School paid tribute to victims of 9/11 during a remembrance ceremony and select members of the band played “Taps.”
Students, faculty and administrators at Copiague Middle School in the Copiague School District honored and remembered the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks during a ceremony.
Copiague Middle School Principal Andrew Lagnado read a poem over the public announcement system and offered some insightful words. “By never forgetting and always remembering, it minimizes the chances of history repeating itself,” Lagnado said. “That is why we remember 9-11-01 in such a powerful way each year and it is most certainly why we must teach our younger generation the same. By doing so, we try to do right by those who lost their lives, those who continue to suffer and those who protect us today.”
Members of the band, led by Timothy Gavin, played “Taps” to close out the remembrance ceremony.
Easing the middle school transition
Sixth-grade students at Copiague Middle School in the Copiague School District had an orientation and barbecue on Aug. 31 to meet their new classmates and teachers.
In an effort to ease the transition to their new building, Copiague Middle School in the Copiague School District hosted an orientation and barbecue for sixth-grade students on Aug. 31.
The incoming class was welcomed by Principal Andrew Lagnado, who then introduced each member of the teaching team. Since the students participated in an orientation back in May, the day allowed students to navigate the building, meet their teachers and try out their lockers, Lagnado said.
After a brief tour of the building, the sixth-graders met with their homeroom teacher and received their class schedule. The students tested their lockers and ended the day with a barbecue sponsored by the PTA.
All-State – All-County Musicians Shine in Copiague
All-State and All-County student-musicians from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School in the Copiague School District were recently recognized. From left: Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School musical director Gina Occhiogrosso, Sarah St. Jean, Nicholas Favichia, Kishaar Hodge, Lesly Decastro, Ashley Weekes, Copiague School District Coordinator of Fine Arts Jennifer Pierre-Louis and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta.
Two Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students in the Copiague School District have been selected for the New York State School Music Association’s All-State Conference. Additionally, three students have also been chosen for All-County Honors.
Lesly Decastro and Kishaar Hodge were chosen to perform with the mixed chorus in the NYSSMA All-State Conference from Dec. 1-4 in Rochester, New York.
Joining Decastro and Hodge in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s All-County Festival are Copiague student-musicians Nicholas Favichia, Sarah St. Jean and Ashley Weekes in mixed chorus. All-County musicians will perform at Hauppauge School District with other Suffolk County musicians on March 11.
These students were chosen among thousands of student-musicians who auditioned at solo and ensemble festivals throughout Suffolk County and New York State.